English language requirements

BIMM Institute requires that your English language capability is of a level that will enable you to succeed in your chosen course of study.

All applicants are required to demonstrate their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English. Not only will English allow you to get a foot in the door in the music and film industry but it will also allow you to collaborate with your fellow students, artists and creatives. If you want to find out more about why we chose to teach all of our courses in English – read more about it here. We accept a wide range of country-specific English language qualifications, please see your country on our Entry Requirements page. We also accept a number of English language tests based on the following minimum standards.


Exam Undergraduate Degrees Postgraduate Degrees
A level (A2)  C grade or above in A2 English language  C grade or above in A2 English language 
AS level (A1)  C grade or above in AS English language  C grade or above in AS English language 
GCSE English/ GCE O level/ iGCSE  C/4 or above  C/4 or above  
Irish Leaving Certificate  Grade C or above (ordinary) or at Grade D or above (higher)  Grade C or above (ordinary) or at Grade D or above (higher) 
LanguageCert International ESOL (B2 Communicator Level)  

*Test can be taken online or in-centre – further information can be accessed via the LanguageCert Website.

B2 Pass with a minimum score of 33 in each skill  B2 High Pass  with a minimum score of 38 in each skill 
European Baccalaureate  Grade 6 (80%) EL  85% 
International Baccalaureate  HL English Language at grade 4 or SL English Language at grade 5 Same as undergraduate with evidence of continued use of English 
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic version 

*We may be able to accept IELTS Indicators taken from 1st July 2020 onwards  

Min. 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each element: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing  Min 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing overall 
TOEFL (iBT) and Home Edition

*We do not accept TOEFL ITP tests available in China 

Min. 72 overall with 18 in Reading, 17 in Writing, 17 in Listening and 20 in Speaking  Min. 83 overall with 19 in Reading, 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening and 20 in Speaking 
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)  Min. 50 overall with no less than 42 in each element  Min. 58 overall with no less than 50 in each element 
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)  170 overall with 165 in each component  170 overall with 165 in each component 
Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)  170 overall with 165 in each component  170 overall with 165 in each component 
British bachelor’s degree  2:2 or above*  2:2 or above 
Trinity ISE 2  Pass with Merit  Pass with Distinction 
Bachelor’s degree studied in a Majority English Speaking (MES) country, excl. Canada 

  • Antigua & Barbuda 
  • Australia 
  • The Bahamas 
  • Barbados 
  • Belize 
  • Dominica 
  • Grenada 
  • Guyana 
  • Jamaica 
  • New Zealand 
  • St Kitts & Nevis 
  • St Lucia 
  • St Vincent & the Grenadines 
  • Trinidad & Tobago 
  • United States of America 
Applicant has studied and successfully completed an academic qualification at least equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree taught in a majority English-speaking country. If the qualification was taught in an MES country (excluding Canada) 
N.B. A UK NARIC Statement of comparability must be obtained in this case 
An approved equivalent to a UK Bachelors Degree  
Bachelor’s degree studied in the UK 
 N/A Overall grade 2:2 

 

*Contingent on an academic progression assessment

Some certificates are valid for 2 years from the date they were issued. If your certificate does not have expiry terms, please note that Admissions Teams will apply discretion to determine whether the new test is required, depending on your circumstances.

If you studied English as a first language and your country is not listed above, please contact admissions@bimm-institute.de to confirm if your qualification will be accepted.

Please note: Entry requirements are subject to change.


Any questions?

We’re committed to making your transition to Germany as smooth as possible. For help, support or advice, please call or email us between 9am-5pm CET using the contact details below.

Tel: +49 30 311 99 186
Email: admissions@bimm-institute.de

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